5th July, 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSS FM) – The meteorological service is urging vigilance as the 2018 hurricane season’s second tropical depression makes its way across the Atlantic Ocean.
Earlier today, the Antigua and Barbuda met office issued an alert for the Leeward Islands and British Virgin Islands stating that the system had entered the monitored area.
At 11am, Tropical Depression Number 2 was located near latitude 10.2 north, longitude 41.4 west or about 1440 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands or about 1635 miles east- southeast of the British Virgin Islands.
This depression is moving towards the west at near 16 mph (26 km/h). A fast westward to west- northwestward motion is expected through the weekend.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible today or on Friday.
Based on the latest information however, authorities say the depression could degenerate into a trough or low pressure system before it reaches the Eastern Caribbean.
If this does not happen however, watches and warnings will be required within the next 48 hours.
Residents are being asked to monitor this system closely, as quick action may be required to protect life and property.